Jan 30, 2015

The Last Hurrah - JixiPix Artista Impresso Giveaway!

JixiPix has been very generous whenever they release a new app and so it is fitting that the last hurrah at Art of Mob should include a giveaway of their latest app, Artista Impresso.
I had a chance to experiment with Artista Impresso and I'll show you my creations after I introduce you to this new painterly app. Be sure to read to the end to find out how you can win one of 10 promo codes for Impresso!

ARTISTA IMPRESSO transforms your photos into multi-textured, stroke-filled Impressionist masterpieces. The result will be captivating, print-worthy paintings brimming with passion, life, and beauty. 

Alla Prima — is great for portraits. This beautiful paint style features an adjustable detail tool in the form of an ellipse; to render small brush strokes where fine detail is needed like the eyes or face. To compliment the paint style is a library of artistic finishes to fill the painting with light and color.
En Plein Air — is perfect for landscapes. This stroke-filled style features one of eight color palettes created by famous impressionist artists. Use them as they are or experiment by creating your own. Artist's palettes are available on all platforms, however creating custom palettes is only available on the desktop version.
One-touch settings automatically transform photos into paintings using one of many paint styles.
One-of-a-kind ellipse detail tool renders small brush strokes inside the placed area. A single ellipse can be used for a face or body; or use two or more for the eyes, hands or other objects. Canvas or Linen texturing—gives realism to brushed paint. Control over texture turns strength down when printing to canvas.
  • Three easy to change brush stroke styles
  • Control over detail ellipse tool, canvas strength, artistic finish and painted edge
  • Canvas and linen texture
  • 8 Impressionist palette styles
  • 40 One-touch paint styles
  • 70 Artistic finishes

Here are a few of my quick creations. I'm looking forward to spending more time with Impresso. 

© Geri Centonze

© Geri Centonze

To be eligible to win one of 10 promo codes for iOS device, please leave a comment below. Ten winners will be drawn by random draw January 31 at 9:00 a.m. PST.

Good Luck!

UPDATE January 31, 2015:

Congrats to the winners - your "tokens" for Artista Impresso have been sent to you. 

Ahmed Shaaban
Brandan d
David Graham

Jan 26, 2015

The Mobile Art of Heather McAlister

Well, this is the final interview that I will be posting on Art of Mob. What a wonderful adventure this has been! Since announcing the closure here, I have been contacted by several other sites that would like me to continue in some form or fashion sharing what I've been sharing but in a more manageable way as part of a team. I am seriously considering this as I do miss highlighting artists like Heather McAlister and each of the others who so generously gave of their time to provide me with an interview.

Please keep Art of Mob bookmarked as a tool for reference. It will remain online for that purpose. I do have one more giveaway from a company that has been very supportive of Art of Mob and they just released a new product. As soon as I have more information I'll post it here for the last hurrah!

And now, on to the featured artist, Heather McAlister!


© Heather McAlister
What is your name and where do you live?

HM:  My name is Heather McAlister and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

How did you get started in mobile photography? What device do you use?

HM:  I started creating mobile photo art a little over 3 years ago. My husband, who is not a mobile photographer but who is an avid techie, recommended that I try the Instagram app. I started following a few of the heavy hitters and they were immediately responsive and generous in sharing tips and offering encouragement. Having never been involved in such an engaging artistic community at large, I was immediately inspired and hooked. I currently take photos using the iPhone 6 and edit on the iPhone and iPad.

© Heather McAlister
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human can fight and never stop fighting." ~ e.e.cummings

Jan 19, 2015

Chris Reynolds - The Artful Use of Texture

What is your name and where do you live?

CR:  My name is Chris Reynolds. I live in East Lothian, Scotland.

How did you get started in mobile photography? What device do you use?

CR:  After using only a DSLR since taking a real interest in photography around 2007, it wasn't until March 2014 that I considered trying a decent capture on a mobile device. After sending my camera to get the sensor cleaned I was without it when I had an idea for a shot, so I used my iPhone to capture the source image. I was hugely impressed, and slightly surprised by the resulting nice exposure and focus. It was around this time I started using apps to edit instead of Photoshop on my PC. A whole new level of convenience opened up before me.

© Chris Reynolds

Jan 15, 2015

The Whole Story by Andrea Pritchard

Finding and learning about photos for The Whole Story series was one of my favorite activities. This is the final one for the series since my days of blogging are coming to an end. I hope you'll take the time to look through the entire set of images which can be found here.

The Photograph

Winged Flight © Andrea Pritchard
Winged Flight © Andrea Pritchard

Jan 13, 2015

The Fantasy World of Molly Hodges

What is your name and where do you live?

MH:  My name is Molly Hodges I was born in a small town in Iowa but have lived most of my adult life in Dallas, Texas. 

How did you get started in mobile photography? What device do you use?

MH:  About two years ago my teenage daughter set up an Instagram account for me, I think primarily to keep me from snooping on hers. This is where I stumbled onto iPhoneography. It was love at first sight. All of my images are created with my iPhone and iPhone apps.

Jan 5, 2015

The Exquisite Mobile Portraiture of Tony Smith

If you have any doubt that you can shoot great portraits with an iPhone, this interview with Tony Smith should erase all of them! Be sure to pay attention to Tony's pointers for shooting portraits and making your subject comfortable. They came in handy today while on a photo shoot with my daughter-in-law. Tony's work makes me want to be a better photographer!

© Tony Smith
What is your name and where do you live?

TS:  I am Tony Smith, originally from Wales, now living in Winchester the ancient capital of England and 4 or 5 months each year near Marbella in Andalucia, Spain.

How did you get started in mobile photography? What device do you use?

TS:  When I moved from Windows to Macs, I changed from a Nokia to an iPhone 3. A “serious” photographer at the time I just didn’t see the iPhone as a camera, in truth I had a quite elitist attitude about ‘phone cameras (and compacts) in those days, for which I have honestly repented! Rarely did I take ‘phone photographs other than for recording street names, locations in car parks, domestic things, bits and pieces from newspapers and magazines, etc.

One day with the iPhone 4 (number 2), I took some photographs of my grandkids, imported them into Photoshop and was frankly amazed by the quality of the images – and I was hooked.

I upgraded to the 5s and I now use the smaller 6, which I like (photographically) but prefer the metal chunkiness of the previous model – the 6 is a bit too Samsung for my liking.

© Tony Smith

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